Dr. Soraira Urquiza

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Registrar, California Institute of the Arts

Position Statement

My commitment to empathetic, authentic servant leadership is why I am honored to have accepted the nomination for AACRAO's VP for Access and Equity. My years as the AACRAO Latinx Chair, Chicano Studies adjunct faculty, first-generation college graduate, and professional provide me with a unique lens to ensure that access and equity are incorporated into all AACRAO programs and initiatives. As the VP of Access and Equity, I will focus on the concepts of belonging and leading with empathy to spearhead AACRAO's efforts to expand access and equity in higher education. One of the programmatic offerings I would explore as the VP of Access & Equity will be that of storytelling and its role in our professional development spaces. This is only one idea I would explore with the board. Ultimately my goal as an AACRAO board member would be to foster a sense of belonging and ensure individuals have access and equity within any environment.

Lastly, I firmly believe that an organization's culture reflects leadership's norms and values, which create the organization's climate through its members who support and reflect that culture. Therefore, ensuring that all AACRAO leaders have an equity lens is critical.


Dr. Soraira Urquiza is a first-generation college graduate and professional. In addition to her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California, she earned a Master’s degree in Chicana/o Studies from CSU Northridge and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Mount St Mary’s University. She is currently the Registrar for the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and was the recipient of the 2021 AACRAO Emerging Leader Award. She is also the current Chair of the Latinx Caucus and President of PACRAO.